Kitchen Cabinet Ideas: Types of Cabinet Doors


Kitchen Cabinet  Ideas | What Are the Available Types of Kitchen Cabinets ?

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, one of the most crucial decisions  you will make is the style of your cabinet doors.  Before you even get to the stage of choosing what material, or species of wood you would like for your cabinets to be, you have to decide what type of kitchen cabinet  best suits your purposes, and blends the most seamlessly with your existing interior design motif.

You may be surprised at just how many types of cabinet doors exist today, and hopefully we can provide some kitchen cabinet  ideas that will open your eyes to styles you never knew existed!

This article will answer questions about the types and styles of  cabinet doors available in today’s market, and discuss the cost and style differences between each type of cabinet.

1.) Shaker 


What are shaker cabinets? 

The shaker cabinets  are  characterized by a five-piece door with a recessed center panel. However, some cabinet lines differ in the drawer (different from the cabinet doors). The shaker style cabinet can be selected with a slab drawer front, for a more modern look, or a five-piece door with a recessed center panel, for a more transitional, and classic look. Shaker cabinet doors have quickly become industry standard. These are very simple, and this tend to be the least expensive option for kitchen cabinet design.

How much do shaker cabinets cost?

If you need to only replace the doors (and can do it yourself) then you can look to pay as little as $15 per door for an unfinished (unpainted) shaker doors, and upwards of $30-40 for the higher grade woods and finishes.

Higher grade shaker cabinets will come in a wider variety of materials and species of wood. Often times with the lower grade cabinet doors, plywood or particle board is wrapped in a wood veneer to give it the appearance of solid wood.


2.) Flat or Slab Panels


What are Flat Panel or Slab Cabinets?

A slab door is a cabinet door that has a flat panel with no decorative designs. It may also be referred to as a flat panel door.

A slab door has a flat panel that is not raised or recessed. It also has no arches. This simple design  can be combined with several kitchen styles. A slab door complements both traditional and modern kitchen designs, and it can often enhance other elements in the room. Homeowners can choose from hardwood or manufactured wood materials when purchasing their slab doors. The appearance of the beautiful grain patterns in hardwood are heightened by the simple design of the door and can be accentuated using stains. Bold hardware can also bring out the beauty of the flat panels. Slab panel doors may be custom ordered or manufactured. They may also be referred to as flat panel doors.

How Much do Flat Panel Doors Cost?

Slab or flat panel kitchen cabinet doors are the least expensive to buy on our list of kitchen cabinet ideas!  For veneer wrapped plywood slabs, you can expect to spend around $12-14 per unfinished cabinet door. For the higher grade, solid wood panel doors, you can expect to send around $30-50 per door.

3.) Raised Panel

Our next kitchen cabinet idea is to use raised panel cabinet doors.

What are Raised Panel Cabinet Doors?

A raised panel door is a cabinet door with a center panel that is a little higher than the surrounding wood. Raised panel cabinet doors are very popular because they can be used in both traditional and modern kitchen designs. The door is built by placing the panel in grooves that have been cut into the frame of the door or by attaching the panel using an adhesive. Raised panel doors may have arches or square edges. Raised panel cabinets are a staple design because of their timeless look, and versatility. These cabinets can come in either laminate, particle board, or a wide array of wood species and finishes.

How much do raised panel cabinet doors cost?

Raised Panel Cabinets are slightly more expensive than the previous two types of cabinet doors we have already covered. They have a much more intricate design which drives up their average cost. Starting around $25 per door panel and  reaching upwards of about $60-70 per door (depending on the type of wood and finish you choose).


4.) BeadBoard Cabinets


What are beadboard cabinets?

Beadboard is defined as a type of panels it is overlaid with a number of separate grooves. Classically, it is installed so that the slots run vertically, creating a striped effect or panels, although people can also put in beadboard along a horizontal axis. This style panels began to appear in 1800, and became very popular. Frequently made of MDF (a substitute for solid wood) beadboard is a great way to get a very unique kitchen cabinet design at a reasonable price. This style of cabinet door usually fits best with more traditional

How much are beadboard cabinets?

A simple beadboard panel cabinet door is around $20-30 per door, but can range upwards of $60-70 per door panel.  You can find unfinished (unpainted) beadboard cabinets for closer to $15-18 per door.

5.)  Mullion (Glass Panel Cabinets)



What is Mullion??

A mullion is a type of cabinet door that features glass panels rather than solid wood. The glass panels have dividing bars similar to those found in window panes.
A mullion is a cabinet door that is composed of glass panes. The panes are separated by wood or aluminum strips, which create a grid. This mimics the feature that is found on many types of windows. Mullion cabinets are both functional and decorative. The cabinets store glassware and cookware, which can be easily seen by the homeowner. A mullion cabinet is ideal for cabinets containing precious china or Depression ware dishes. Mullion cabinet doors can be combined with other doors styles, which allow the homeowner to conceal certain types of items while displaying others. Mullion cabinets are often sold in premade units, but cabinetmakers will also accept custom orders. GMullion cabinets are highly customizeable- in place of the glass insert, the panels can be filled with stained glass, various types of thin metals, iodized copper panels and more!

How much are Mullion Cabinets?

Their complex design means a hefty price tag- if you plan on incorporating mullion into your kitchen cabinet design, be prepared to spend around $50 per cabinet door on average (and that is a lower estimate).


6.) Louvered louvered-kitchen-cabinet-doors


What are louvered cabinets?

Louvers are any of a set of horizontal parallel slats in a door or window, sloping outwards to throw off rain and admit air . Originally used on roofs and on doors to create ventilation, louvers appear in modern architecture in a myriad of ways including cabinet doors,  shutters, blinds, and on awnings. A Louvered cabinets are cabinets in which louvers replace the center panel which would ordinarily be made of solid wood or MFD.

How much do louvered cabinets cost?

Louvered cabinets are definitely on the highest end of the spectrum for kitchen cabinet design. Usually around $70-90 for a set of cabinet doors, louvered cabinets top our list for price- but what they lack in economic value, they more than make up for in style and aesthetics.



7.) Perforated Metal 



What is perforated metal?

For those avid DIY homeowners- this may be the perfect kitchen cabinet idea for you! A rising trend in kitchen interior design are cabinets with custom insets in place of the wood panel that would ordinarily be at the center of the cabinet inside the frame. Cabinets like the one above can be made using perforated metal- a very cheap kind of metal which can be purchased in sheets from most big box retailers specializing in hardware. Perforated metal, also known as perforated sheet, perforated plate, or perforated screen, is sheet metal that has been manually or mechanically stamped or punched to create a pattern of holes, slots, or decorative shapes. Easily stapled into place on any cabinet door frame, this DIY solution is growing in popularity due to both its simplicity and  impact as a design feature.

Another kitchen cabinet idea is a design trend that is more commonly seen in europe, or in the US around 40 years ago.  Many home owners are opting to use a combination of glass panel, and metal wire to create a new world style with an old world feel.




In Closing:

Hopefully these kitchen cabinet ideas have given you more information in your arsenal while navigating the overwhelming, though often exciting, world of interior design.  Replacing or refacing cabinet doors is a fantastic way to drastically alter the look of your kitchen- and at less than the third the cost of a full kitchen remodel- it is an economical, and aesthetically beautiful project for anyone looking to spruce up their home this year.

Author: Admin

Date Published: Mar 9, 2016 @ 20:35

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